The Tamil University, anUnitary type was established at Thanjavur, on 15th September 1981. The very aim of the University is to promote research on the various aspects of Tamil language, History, Art, Culture and Science. In 1992, research degrees viz. M.Phil. and Ph.D. were introduced.After 2001, in order to serve the requirements of the students hailing from rural as well as urban areas, the University started PG Degree courses and a few specialized diploma and certificate courses. The University also aims to utilize the Tamil language as an effective medium for offering the course of Science and Technology. The thrust areas of research or associated with the field of arts, culture, music, dance, drama, sculpture, architecture, literature, linguistics, history, epigraphy, archaeology, philosophy, geography, soil sciences, astronomy, navigation and shipping astrology, siddha medicine, environment and herbal science, engineering sciences and handicrafts. The university has 26 academic departments and four research centres / projects with a library, and a museum.The University has a vast campus covering about 824.0 acres and has an Herbal Garden.
Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary Endeavour incorporating natural and social science in the study of man's relationship with the air, water, and soil and with fellow humans and other forms of life. With the purpose of learning and providing solutions, Bishop Heber College started the post graduate department of environmental Sciences in the year 1984 with a mission to ensure "Environmental Sustainability". Sensing the essentials of research, it was upgraded to a research department in 1990. The department is committed to meeting the environmental goals of the UN Millennium declaration with the corporation of alumni, Institutions of Higher Education, Policy makers, Governmental and Non-governmental organisations, and administrators along with a cross-section of people to discuss and prepare an achievable plan of action through sustainable partnerships. To gratify the demands from industrial sectors, add-on courses including PG diploma in industrial safety and occupational health and certificate program in industrial safety and hygiene were introduced in parallel with the main courses. The department also offers undergraduate program in Environmental Sciences since 2017 to suffice the needs, extensiveness and demand from various sectors of the fields in Environmental Science. Additionally we offer certificate and diploma programs concurrently. With such a profound background the department enters into 40th year Ruby Jubilee year.
Bishop Heber College (Autonomous) a premier institution pioneering in higher education has acquired a unique position in providing holistic education. Located at Tiruchirappalli, the College is housed in a sprawling 33.5 acre land area, with beautiful gardens, well-furnished and aesthetically designed buildings. The college is affiliated with Bharathidasan University and offers a wide range of UG, PG, M.Phil and Ph.D programmes. The college perpetuates to produce intellectually comprehensive, scientifically progressive, socially conscious, and of globally participative young men and women. The "College of excellence" has been accredited with an 'A++' Grade by NAAC with a CGPA of 3.69 out of 4.
The department of Environmental and HerbalScience was established in 2006 with the objective of imparting environmental educationon local, regional and global environmental scenarios. The department offers M.Sc.(Environmental Science), M.Phil. (Environmental Science) and Ph.D.(Environmental and Herbal Sciences). Thecurriculum for academic programmes focuseson all important aspects of Environmental andHerbal Science, covering contemporaryproblems of conservation of herbal plants andenvironmental quality. In order to bring up thestudents with the awareness and the abilities toutilize the latest technologies of EnvironmentScience, we introduce interdisciplinary paperson computer applications and mitigationstrategies for disasters in our M.Sc. program.Our reputation attracts the students of otherInstitutes to come forward to do have internshipin our department and labs. Keeping in view thedepartment gives emphasis in teaching andresearch on conservation of natural resourcesand control of environmental issues of TamilNadu.
Professor and Head,
Department of Environmental Science Periyar University
Research & Innovation
Aakash Plantations L.L.C.
Chairman, Department of Ecotourism, Hotel and Institution
Senior Lecturer of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism
Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology
Former Adviser - DANIDA / UNFPA / UNDP
St. Xavier's College
Scientist at Mahatma Gandhi University